Welcome to our latest blog post:
5 Reusable Products: Ditch the Disposables!
We’re going to showcase the 5 best eco friendly products to to try if you’re trying to encompass a zero waste lifestyle this year.

Here at Random Acts of Green the green team are always seeking out new products with a view to getting in Mother Earth’s good graces (and to lowering their carbon footprints)!

With some easy to implement changes, you can minimize the amount of single-use products that you burn through, and save some money!

Here’s why ….

Info graphic on single use products

☝️  Pretty scary stuff, right? ☝️

Let’s reduce these numbers, minimize your carbon footprint AND save you some money with our top 5 Reusable Products: let’s ditch those disposables Random Acts of Green community!

Rockwell Razors

Number one in our list of 5 Reusable Products is a stainless steel razor from Rockwell Razors:

We feel confident you’ll have heard of reusable safety razors before. Environmentally, they’re a no-brainer. A sound switch. Safety razors won’t end up in landfill as they last a lifetime. Even better: Rockwell Razors offers a lifetime warranty! Additionally, the blades are fully recyclable; disposing of them is made extremely easy with their blade safe.

So what’s stopping you from making the switch? Let’s breakdown some of those scary steel razor myths:

  • Myth: The double-edged blade in a safety razor makes it more dangerous:
    • This just maximizes your use, making it more efficient than a plastic razor.
  • Myth: The more blades (like on a disposable razor) the better the shave:
    • More blades equals  an inefficient shave, and the build up of bacteria.
  • Myth: Safety razors are expensive:
    • A reusable, stainless steel razor will last you a lifetime – making them cheaper long-term.
  • Myth: It’s easier to cut yourself using a safety razor:
    • Reusable safety razors are at least as safe as single-use cartridge razors plus, the additional settings on a reusable razor make the process beginner-friendly and give you a higher chance of a nick-free shave.
  • Myth: Safety razors are less hygienic:
    • You cannot fully clean a cartridge razor, whereas a simple one-blade design of safety razors (that are frequently changed) eliminate this issue of hair/bacteria sticking between the multi-blades in a cartridge razor – this influences ingrown hairs, nicks/cuts, and overall unhygienic practices for your skin.

Have we convinced you that safety razors aren’t as scary as you’d originally assumed? If you’ve combat the fear, your skin will thank you!:

Do you want to learn more about reusable razors? Click the button below!

Bumbini Infographic

Are you a new parent? Maybe a friend is having a baby shower? Consider gifting an eco-friendly baby shower gift with the second item in our 5 Reusable Products showcase:

According to Inkwood Research ,  the Global disposable diapers market is anticipated to grow from $55061 million in 2016 to $92254 million by 2024.

The growth of the industry is based on many factors, like changing lifestyles, increasing disposable income, and growing global healthcare expenses.

The disposable diaper is extremely mainstream around the world because they are usually perceived as “easier” , “mess free”, and “cheaper.”

Convenience certainly comes at a price for your wallet … and for our planet.

We’re here to convince you that cloth baby diapers are a good, reusable , and viable alternative to single-use diapers – with our Green Act Business Member , Bumbini Cloth Diapers.  

Here’s why:

They’re Eco Friendly: If you really want to reduce your single-use plastics don’t opt for disposable diapers. They harm our environment by sending 10-14 diapers daily straight to the landfill. 3.5 million tons of used disposable diaper waste ends up in the trash.

Savings! Instead of throwing away money (literally), you can invest in cloth diapers. Although there is an upfront costs, you’ll quickly recoup this! You can anticipate to save $1,800 for the first child and $2,400* for the second child. ($2,400 spent on disposable diapers v’s $600 on cloth diapers – $1800 in savings) *This amount could skyrocket to $3,500 per year when purchasing premium, disposable brands at full cost.

Cloth diapers can help with potty training! Disposable diapers often have absorbent polymers. They elminate moisure way from a child’s bottom to help keep them dry. Although this sounds advantageous, it isn’t because the baby can’t feel the wetness to change the diaper. Cloth diapers can help prompt a baby to call for it’s parents when it feels wet.

Do you want to learn more about cloth diapers? Read a full blog post on them at the button below, or head straight to the source with Bumbini.

Psssst. Bumbini are currently running a 40% off store wide (excluding bundles that are already discounted) up until August 31st 2021!

Perks to refill shops

Visit a Zero Waste Store or Refill Shop!

We’re curious: Have you visited a zero waste shop, a bulk store or a refill shoppe? If not, what’s holding you back?

The merits of shopping at one of these zero-waste outlets are great! Most will provide products package-free or in low-waste packaging and most will have refill stations.

Refill and bulk stores are an amazing act of green! You eliminate the need for new bottles and containers,  AND you minimize the transportation strains involved in shipping singular bottles of shampoo, tea’s, laundry liquid and flour (you get the picture!).

What sort of vessels can you refill (and in turn, reuse!)?

Glass milk bottles;
Mason Jars;
Old shampoo bottles;
Tupperware.  etc. etc.

.. We’re in the middle of a refill revolution – will you hop on the refill train?

Learn more about some refill stops and zero waste stores (potentially near you!)  at the buttons below …

A photo of a greeting card.

 Sending a birthday card, holiday card or Happy Anniversary card is (of course!) done with the best of intentions. But did you know that sending just one card equals 140g of CO2 into the atmosphere?

 

How?

🌎 Paper production. Which contibutes to deforestation. Emissions are also released in the felling and clearing of trees.

🌎 Printing. Ink might be the least heavy eco-culprit in the production of cards. However, depending on the printer – the disposal of cartridges can be problematic.

🌎  Postage. From the printer > to the store > to your house > to the recipient – that’s a lot of mileage for one card!

🌎 Decomposition. The 33% of cards which are not recycled end up in landfill, where they degrade anaerobically and release greenhouse gases (GHG) into the atmosphere, upsetting EU targets with regard to GHG emissions and contributing to global warming.

When added together, these four stages mean that sending just one card is the equivalent of releasing 140g of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere. Extrapolated over the entire UK Christmas gift card industry, that’s equivalent to over 200 million tonnes of CO2, which is roughly the same amount of emissions produced when manufacturing almost 9,000 medium-sized cars – envirotechonline.

Seek out alternatives to ‘regular’ cards for your next special occasion; like …..

Joywrap create beautiful, DISSOLVABLE handmade gift cards. They’re seriously a gift and card in one!

With Joywrap you can turn a traditional greeting card into a whole experience that leaves no waste behind!

🎉  Seriously, this card completely dissolves in water, creating a bath bomb experience, complete with fizz, scents and colour.

🌱 Made from all-natural, non-toxic and eco-friendly ingredients. Even the dissolving paper and printer ink are food grade! 

A photo of a card.

E-jots – Have a beautiful selection of E-cards. Honestly, they’re SO lovely. There’s a card for every occasion, some of them are animated, too. 

It’s SO easy to use E-jots. You simply pick a card and insert your message. There are even premade poems and images for you to use if you’re stuck for words. We recommend!

Photo of an ecard

Have you made the switch to reusable straws?

We’re big fans of the reusable straw here at Random Acts of Green. They’ve become a ‘must have!’ green accessory (alongside our reusable produce bags, reusable sandwich bags, reusable cotton pads and reusable water bottles!).

While the environmental perks of using a reusable straw are great (we’ll get to that in a minute), the health benefits are up there, too. Plastic straws are typically made using polypropylene, a type of plastic made from petroleum. And although the FDA has found this to be food-safe, chemicals from the plastic could leach into liquids, releasing compounds which may affect estrogen levels.

Environmentally, plastic straws are not biodegradable.  In just the U.S. alone, one estimate suggests 500 million straws are used every single day (Nat. Geo), in the UN 25.3 billion are used in a year. With numbers like this, you can see how this is environmentally problematic:

Straws breakdown into tiny micro-plastics over time – this can take up to 200 years. 

Micro-plastics are detrimental to marine life as well as turtles and birds: They block digestive tracts, diminish the urge to eat, and alter feeding behaviour, all of which reduce growth and reproductive output. This can cause individuals to suffer and starve.

We’re encouraging you to Ditch this Disposable. Try out a reusable straw instead. Say ‘no thank you!’ the next time you’re dining out and plastic straws are on the cards – show off your trusty reusable instead.

Reusable straws are cost effective and a sounder choice all round! Random Acts of Green business member TWIG have a wonderful selection of stainless steel straws at the button below (including a bubble tea straw!).

 

We hope that these eco friendly alternatives have inspired those of you looking to embrace a zero waste life.

Let us know in the comments which disposables you’ve ditched this year!

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